Conceptualising Ideational Novelty: A Relational Approach

Martin B. Carstensen

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    This article gives clearer conceptualisation of what an idea is. Provides clearer conceptualisation of how ideas may change over time. Uses central arguments from relational sociology and conceptual analysis in discursive institutionalism. Provides new theoretical perspectives on ideational change in wake of the recent financial- and economic crisis. How can we conceptualise the emergence of new political ideas? Demonstrating that the discursive institutionalist literature is silent on this question, the article links this theoretical lacuna to the problem of ideational infinite regress, i.e. that if we try to identify the absolute origin of an idea, we find that the relations to other ideational elements develop ad infinitum and the end or beginning of the idea never appears......
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalThe British Journal of Politics and International Relations
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)284-297
    Number of pages14
    Publication statusPublished - May 2015


    • Discursive Institutionalism
    • ideas
    • Ideational Change
    • Relational

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